September 28 - October 8, 2017
Walker College Foundation, Inc. announces its 2017 Fall Alumni and Friends overseas trip to Peru and Machu Picchu on September 28-October 8, 2017. The trip also features a three-day extension to the Amazon and is open to anyone who is interested in traveling.
For admirers of Inca culture and those who have always wanted to see the Andes and the Amazon, this Fall trip will be an unforgettable adventure. Travelers will explore the plazas of colonial Cuzco, the Incan sites in the Sacred Valley and the legendary Lost City of the Incas at Machu Picchu.
Lima, the capital and the largest city of Peru, is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac, and Lurín rivers overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With a population of almost 10 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru, and the third largest city in the Americas. It was founded in 1535 as Ciudad de los Reyes and is home to one of the oldest higher learning institutions in the New World.
Cuzco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th-16th century until the Spanish conquest. In 1983, Cuzco was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it is now known for its archaeological remains. Set at an altitude of 11,200 ft, it is the gateway to further Inca sites in the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail and is considered the most important tourist destination in Peru.
Machu Picchu is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley northwest of Cuzco at an altitude of 7,972 ft. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti around 1450, but it was abandoned at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Despite its proximity to Cuzco, the Spanish did not find it and so did not plunder or destroy it as they did many other sites like this one. The site remained unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911. It was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981. In 1983, UNESCO designated Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site and described it as an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization.
The cost of the 11-day Peru/Machu Picchu trip is approximately $3,600 per person (double rooms) and includes roundtrip airfare from Birmingham, nine overnight stays in handpicked hotels with private bathrooms, breakfast daily, three lunches, four local dinners, a full-time multilingual tour director, private deluxe motor coach, guided tours, and admission costs for included attractions. The optional three-day extension to the Amazon is an additional $899 and includes three meals daily, accommodations, flight to Lima, and a boat trip on the Amazon River.
The itinerary for the trip includes:
Day 1: Flight and arrival in Peru. Flight to Lima.
Day 2: Tour of Lima - Larco Museum, modern and colonial quarters of Lima, Plaza de Armas, Monastery of San Francisco, Huaca Huallamarca archaeological site
Day 3: Free day in Lima and optional excursions including the Nazca Lines and a Peruvian dinner.
Day 4: Flight to Cuzco and time to explore.
Day 5: Tour of Cuzco - Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church, Plaza de Armas, Kenko and Puka Pucara, fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha Temple.
Day 6: Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley - ruins of Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Pisac.
Day 7: Train to Aguas Calientes and tour of Machu Picchu.
Day 8: Free morning in Aguas Calientes and optional excursions including a return visit to Machu Picchu.
Day 9: Free day in Cuzco and optional excursions including a trip to Moray, Maras & Chinchero villages.
Day 10: Fly to Lima and flight home or free time for those adding the three-day Amazon extension.
Optional extension to the Amazon:
Day 11: Fly to Iquitos & Yagua - boat to Amazon jungle lodge, river cruise to a Yagua Village.
Day 12: Rainforest hike and optional excursion of an Amazon Canopy Walk.
Day 13: Visit former Franciscan mission town of Indiana and flight to Lima for flight home.
Day 14: Arrive home.
Tour arrangements are through Education First’s Go Ahead Tours division. Frist priority deadline is March 30, 2017 and final payment is due July 20, 2017. A detailed itinerary with trip costs and a link to enroll may be found online at www.hollytrawickperu.grouptoursite.com. Participants may also enroll by phone at 1-800-206-9871. For those who have traveled on an EF Tour in the past, travel discounts are available. For more information about the Peru trip and Walker College Foundation’s Alumni and Friends travel program, contact Holly Trawick at 205-310-3189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.